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Names - a story of hospitals, bad treatment, dodgy sex and cheap beer, the story of 2 teenagers arriving at a hospital for men and boys with learning disabilities, then called mental handicap or mental subnormality, in 1975. James has a learning disability and the hospital is seen from his perspective and from that of the staff as he is processed through the hospital machine, experiencing its' pecking orders and hierarchies. Craig is an 18 year old who is leaving home for the first time, to train as a Student Nurse at the hospital. Despite both being teenagers arriving at the same place, the differences are clear. Craig has chosen to be here, James did not. Craig's life revolves around the staff social club, drinking beer and having his first, cringe-worthy sexual encounters. The story of these two teenagers, whose paths collide, highlights some of the issues of institutional care experienced by people with disabilities, James becoming the victim of sexual and physical abuse, from... More > staff and patients.< Less
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  • By Mandy Johnson
    Oct 15, 2009
    "Names, a book by Chris Lucas" This book is a very well-written first novel (I believe the author is working on a second book now). It tells the two parallel stories of James - a young lad with learning disabilities; and Craig - a newly recruited nurse who helps to look after him. I found some of the stories about life in the institution pretty horrific, as I work in this field now and really hope that we have moved on from treating people in these ways (although I am sure with the various scandals that stuff still does go on). The author makes us sympathetic to Craig, despite him being sucked into being part of 'the system' that is oppressive to people. The book is also unexpectedly humourous, in a dark kind of way. It is well structured with the two stories starting off separately and gradually coming together. I think it is a good story as well as making you think about the issues, so would be good for people who work/ have an interest in disability, as well as people who... More > just enjoy a good book. It made me think it is a good read for anyone who has forgotten just how badly disabled people have been / are being treated, in the name of the 'care' system - it is not even that long ago that the book is set. Recommended.< Less
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Chris Lucas
September 29, 2011
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